Elderly Cynic

Elderly Cynic

  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Probably :-( There ARE inventions that could have created revolutions hundreds of years before they did, but those are not among them....
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    Um. Jotuns and Biblical giants do not have a lot in common, except that they are large and humanoid....
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    I think that it would, but can't claim to be an expert....
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    Terrible, on several grounds. It's likely to have problems on political correctness grounds and misclassified if not....
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    Do publishers offer (and market!) ONLY contracts for serial books, or do they offer ones for single books and two loosely-connected books? I find that I regret having bought the first book (or sometimes the first two) of a series...
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    Bugger Trump. It was the intention of those two I was referring to....
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    I doubt that it came from us, though I could be wrong. My understanding is that middle names were uncommon much before the 19th century, and then were used mainly by the wealthier classes....
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    I don't think the intention is to invade it - just to blockade it and bomb it to perdition, the way that the Saudi/Gulf/USA/UK alliance has done to Yemen. I am not sure how Iran will respond, but I am...
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    They can be done competently, in a restricted domain. 10^5 ids is feasible, as I can witness from being part of such a domain. Of course, we WERE one of the first sites to use them, long before computers were...
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    As I said in #1165, it was tongue-in cheek! But I didn't say (or mean) a SUCCESSFUL coup. Let's ignore how he gets there, but let's speculate the next government is led by Corbyn, with enough majority to do things,...
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    I need to do the same. Both Google and Amazon will put up irrelevant products if my search is too specific, and they can't put up related ones. I agree with OGH....
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    I hoped that it was clearly enough tongue-in-cheek to not need flagging! But I am serious that something of the nature IS a very low probability but plausible outcome. For example, there are must be a lot of Conservatives in...
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    https://www.spiegel.de/panorama/gesellschaft/queen-elizabeth-ii-outete-sich-als-europafan-a-1267955.html That being said, unless Der Speigel has improved out of all recognition in the past few decades, it's about as reliable as the Daily Express. If the document is officially declassified, we shall see what said - and ambassadors...
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    I was peripherally involved in the standardisations that led to Unicode and ISO 10646. Yes, you can produce examples for many of those without even going outside names used in the United Kingdom written in English. But it's even worse...
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    Nowadays. I am pretty sure that wasn't always the case - the books I am referring to were published mostly in the period 1920-1950. And are you surprised that I am one of the people who has read obscure journey[wo]man...
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    Yes, it's the fireplaces that were common in larger houses in the 18th century and earlier that were large enough for storage. Those from terraced houses in the 19th century were usually tiny....
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    Regrettably, I agree with you :-( The USA fleet will shoot down a non-threatening Iranian aircraft over international waters (and they may even check it's not an airliner, this time), Iran will retaliate (proportionately), Boltrump will scream "NOBODY attacks the...
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    I have seen blurbs that didn't even get the characters right - typically, a character from an earlier book in a series that was unimportant (or didn't appear) in the book. I have long given up using them to decide...
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    I have a suspicion that long out of print books are sometimes reissued with a different title, cover, blurb and sometimes even the name of the author to sucker people into buying a second copy. There are less cynical interpretations,...
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    Yes, let's abolish this pretense of representative democracy, and go back to the Sovereign in Council. It would be a lot cheaper (because less corrupt), at least as democratic, and a lot more amusing....
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    I generally avoid series until there are several books out, and often even then. FAR too often, it means that there will be no proper closure at any stage, or the books will simply add new gimmicks as a diversion...
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    I classify that as one of the factors that causes deliberate negligence. It is extremely rare for that to be continued after a high-profile incident if the authority actually cares. E.g. the Home Office and 'Windrush'. The other common factors...
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    Nor do I. It's a common 'defence' by the USA and UK authorities when they were deliberately (sic) over-aggressive or negligent, innocent people get harmed, and there is a serious public or media backlash. It's rare outside 'western democracies', where...
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    Horse chestnuts (including buckeyes) are not even closely related to true chestnuts, and are poisonous. I knew about the existence of the blight, which affects true chestnuts, but not about its impact. Bill Arnold: thanks for the education....
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    Yay! Go for it!...
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    But, as I pointed out earlier, early grain crops were also extremely unreliable and, to compensate for the extra variability of tree nut crops (which I accept), two ghastly years in a row doesn't leave you without even any seed!...
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    Going down on what?...
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    Aargh! IN EUROPE, they were. NOT in North America, nor in some other places. And that is just the wild forms, BEFORE domestication - as I pointed out in #1020, the wild forms of both cassava and almond were LESS...
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    See #1022 for the first. Following a previous claim of the impossibility of this, I looked into the issue rather more deeply than any of the posters had done - sorting out the evidence from the bullshit wasn't easy. At...
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    Indeed. As a solution for the near future, forget it! We could make effective use of such crops today, but only by using the acorns of suitable species/strains as 'added value' when we wanted oaks for some other purpose. Which...
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